Latvala wins Wales Rally GB, Loeb 2nd

Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland won the Wales Rally GB on Sunday,

finishing 27.8 seconds clear of championship leader Sebastien Loeb

to claim his second victory of the season.

Loeb edged Petter Solberg to second place to take a 61-point

lead in the overall standings, meaning the Citroen driver is likely

to clinch a ninth straight title in his home French Rally at the

start of October.

Latvala, driving a Ford, took the lead after Friday’s third

stage, with Loeb and Solberg never threatening the 24.5-second

advantage he held from Saturday.

The Finn, who also won the Wales Rally GB last year, says ”this

is a fantastic feeling. It’s one of my favorite rallies … and it

feels amazing to win again after such a big battle.”